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To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

To the End of June:  The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

by Cris Beam,
(co-authored with Patrick M. Burns)
The Huffington Post, August 12, 2013

Dominique, a foster child, has a tattoo of a butterfly on her left hand. "I think they symbolize freedom," she said, "because I've never seen them standing still; they're always flying." The first time she saw a butterfly, when she was in second grade, it was in a box: "I felt like that," she declared. "Like I always had an obstacle surrounding me, keeping me from moving. I got this tattoo because I wanted to set down the box. Set down all this pain, all this hurt. Just let it go, so I could move on with my life."

 

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